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Linux Gazette: Making Smalltalk; Spreading the OO Fun (Series Introduction)

Nov 23, 2000, 21:39 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Steffler)

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"When I wrote the first Making Smalltalk with the Penguin article back in March of 2000, my target audience was experienced programmers who didn't have much exposure to OO programming or to Smalltalk. The article's intent was to give an overview of my favourite programming language on my favourite operating system. Since then, I've had a fair amount of email asking introductory type questions about Smalltalk and OO programming. So I thought I'd try my hand at a small series."

"The target audience for this series are people new to OO or new to programming altogether. The intent is to not only introduce OO programming, but to also spread the fun of Smalltalking. Why do this format/effort when there's lots of good tutorials out there? Two reasons really: 1) Tutorials are great, but can be static and dated pretty quickly. 2) An ongoing series tends to be more engaging and digestible."

"To help address the second reason above, my intent is to keep the articles concise so they can be digested in under an hour. Hopefully, as newbies follow along, they can refer back to the original article and make more sense of it. I plan on having a touch of advanced stuff once in a while to add flavour and as before, the articles are going to be written for read-along or code-along people."

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